A former Oregon State University student charged with posting tweets threatening a shooting at the campus appeared Monday in federal court in Eugene.
Christopher Strahan appeared unshackled and wearing jeans and a T-shirt. Strahan’s federal public defender waived his client’s right to a preliminary examination to establish probable cause in the case. The case is next set for an arraignment hearing on April 25.
Strahan, who is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, is being held in the Polk County Jail. He is not currently authorized to post bail.
An Oregon State Police detective arrested Strahan on Feb. 27 at Strahan's home in Corvallis. Authorities had been made aware earlier that day of Twitter posts threatening a shooting on OSU’s campus. Law enforcement reportedly connected Strahan to the account after asking Twitter for the identification of the user. Police searched Strahan’s apartment and did not find any weapons.
Prosecutors initially charged Strahan in Benton County Circuit Court with menacing, first-degree disorderly conduct and second-degree disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors. Authorities dismissed that case last week after federal prosecutors charged Strahan with interstate communication of a threat to injure the person of another, which carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment upon conviction.
In February 2017, authorities charged Strahan in Benton County Circuit Court with menacing and second-degree disorderly conduct for threatening to shoot and kill people on OSU’s campus. In that case, Strahan pleaded guilty to second-degree disorderly conduct and a judge sentenced him to 20 days in jail and three years of bench probation.
Lillian Schrock covers public safety for the Gazette-Times. She may be reached at 541-758-9548 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter at @LillieSchrock.